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human resources kmart doc  reduce the level of human intervention. Excellent growth: Some of Adexa's growth comes in many cases as a result of being the second choice, acquired by clients who are unsatisfied with their first selection. In instances where Adexa does compete head-to-head with other supply chain management vendors, it often comes out on top due to its ability to demonstrate a working solution. Vendor Challenges Poor visibility in the supply chain management marketplace: As Paragon Management Systems, Adexa failed to

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TEC's Mid-market ERP-Distribution Buyer’s Guide


Midsize manufacturers and distributors now have access to an array of powerful software solutions that simply weren’t available before. But with so many choices, you need accurate and unbiased information. This comprehensive guide from TEC and SupplyChainBrain provides a state-of-the-market analysis, success stories from your peers, in-depth information on solutions, and a directory of the leading vendors in the field.

This guide features information on vendors offering dedicated ERP-distribution solutions for the midmarket. These solutions are all designed to address the logistical, financial, and workflow issues facing the distribution industry today.

Inside, you’ll find a chart highlighting 10 featured vendor solutions by installed base and business components, ranging from warehouse, transportation, and inventory management, to international trade logistics, Web commerce, and human resources (HR) and financials.

As well, you’ll find an analysis of the state of the market by the editor of Supply Chain Brain. Customer success stories have been included to illustrate how ERP-distribution solutions have helped companies like yours solve distribution and business logistics problems.

For your convenience, there’s also a vendor directory to assist companies looking for either full ERP-distribution systems, add-ons, or third-party solutions for the following: demand management (DM), retail systems, supply chain management (SCM), transportation management systems (TMSs), and warehouse management systems (WMSs).

We hope you’ll find this guide a useful tool in determining which ERP-distribution solutions are best suited for your company’s business model and particular needs.


Table of Contents


Introduction

State of the Midsize ERP-Distribution Marketplace

Methodology

Vendor Capabilities

Business Components

Customer Profile

Spotlight on ERP-Distribution

Executive Summary

Customer Success Stories

Spotlight on Inventory and Accounting

Executive Summary

Customer Success Stories

Spotlight on Supply Chain Management

Executive Summary

Customer Success Stories

Vendor Directory

Profiles

Demand Management

ERP-Distribution

Retail

Supply Change Management

Transportation Management System

Warehouse Management System


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Inventory Management and Accounting Conundrum


The challenges of inventory management and the notion of inventory as a “necessary evil” (or the “asset versus liability” dilemma) have long been haunting operations and financial and accounting managers. It is a well-known fact that managing inventory risk is about managing the cost of maintaining unnecessarily high levels of inventory against the risk of running out of stock at a crucial moment of truth when a customer actually wants something. In a variety of aspects, inventory management is at the heart of the supply chain management (SCM) realm. Supply chain organizations are responsible for all the processes from sales and operations planning to customer fulfillment, inventory optimization, and new product delivery and introduction—all of which involve the planning and movement of inventory. Profit margins are also directly proportional to operational excellence in each of the above processes.
While cherished by material management folks as supply chain “grease,” inventory is not that beloved by financial managers.

The motto “time is money” certainly holds true when it comes to inventory valuation. Well, maybe in a reverse (negative) manner, because typically neglected in the continuous battle for executives’ focus and priority is the management of at-risk, aging inventory—be it excess active, obsolete, returns, or refurbished inventory. Some refer to these items as “slobs,” which stands for “slow moving and obsolete” ones. In other words, most companies in the sectors of high-tech, consumer electronics, retail, and consumer packaged goods (CPG) are focused on new product introductions. Given that everybody is most excited in the early stages of product life cycles (that is, devising and delivering the brand new, “coolest” products), much less attention is paid to the languishing, “totally so not cool” older product lines, with millions of accompanying inventory asset recovery dollars slipping away annually as a consequence.

Excess inventory, which ties up working capital and whose value is declining by the day, does not necessarily come from new product introductions only. Nowadays the manufacture of most goods is largely carried out in the Far East, which comes with a nominal item price advantage, but also with many potential downsides. In addition to the inevitable quality, communication, and cultural issues, manufacturing product in such lower cost, remote locations means a sizeable lead time increase, as the goods will need to be transported from the Far East back to the company’s warehouse. This in turn means that a planner will have to forecast the demand before placing an order with a remote supplier far away.

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Adrenalin eSystems


Adrenalin eSystems Limited is the creator of Adrenalin, a human capital alignment software. It is committed to providing innovative products that help business leaders actualize human potential within the organization. Adrenalin eSystems, a Polaris Group Company, has offices across India,the Middle East, Africa, South East Asia, and Europe. Adrenalin empowers people to multiply their performance dramatically through a web-based software product. Adrenalin is easy to implement and offers end-to-end solutions. With the power of modern IT, Adrenalin connects to all parts of the company, instantaneously providing unlimited and easy access to relevant information and communication for action, reporting, assessment, direction, and guidance. Adrenalin human capital alignment technology helps customers achieve significant cost & time savings and provides a low total cost of ownership among comparable systems.

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IDC Customer Spotlight: Comcast Reaps the Benefits of Integrated HR and Talent from SAP


In the late 1990s, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based cable operator Comcast relied on decidedly low-tech human resources (HR) systems. But as the company's business operations expanded, and the Comcast workforce grew by more than 20 times, executives realized that managing with paper would no longer be possible or efficient. Find out how a new HR solution helped Comcast improve processes and increase employee retention.

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Human Resources: No Laughing Matter


A little over 10 years ago, when I was working as an assistant manager in my former company’s payroll department—where many of the traditional human resources (HR) functions were handled by my staff—I often wondered, “well, if we’re doing all of this stuff, what are the people in HR doing?” I often joked with my fellow coworkers that it seemed (to me) that outside of handling employee paperwork

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Ensure Efficient, Effective, and Integrated HR Management


A human resources department is continually challenged to administer the company’s workforce, respond quickly to change, and ensure the company is properly staffed to support core business objectives. Comprehensive human resources management functionality helps simplify and optimize HR processes through integrated applications that bridge the gaps caused by outdated, disparate systems that drive up costs and workloads.

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2011 Human Capital Management Buyer's Guide


It’s not your father’s HR anymore. Plain old-fashioned human resources has blossomed into human capital management (HCM)—a vastly more powerful and far-reaching approach to managing your company’s most valuable asset. In TEC’s 2011 Human Capital Management Buyer’s Guide, you’ll learn about the latest challenges, trends, and developments in HCM, the state of the HCM market, HCM resources and research materials, and HCM case studies and success stories. Download your free PDF copy of TEC’s 2011 Human Capital Management Buyer’s Guide today!

This guide discusses the challenges that medium and large businesses face in acquiring, managing, and retaining their staff, and addresses how HCM and related solutions can help organizations address some of these challenges. It covers the entire employee lifecycle, from recruitment and onboarding, to performance and compensation, career development, learning management, succession planning, workforce planning, and analytics. It is organized around three main discussion points:

  • Recruitment Challenges
  • Loyalty and Retention Challenges
  • Global and Mobile Workforces

The information provided in this guide aims to assist companies looking to manage their workforce by providing insight into the endless HCM software options available, including solutions from niche players (best-of-breed), crossover vendors (vendors that have added talent management to their existing solution or suite), and Tier 1 and 2 enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors (those that have made a talent management or HCM solution as part of their ERP offering), and how they can help organizations overcome some of these challenges.

The guide also contains a special spotlight section on software-as-a-software (SaaS) deployment options and the vendors that provide them.

The guide features customer success stories that illustrate how these various HCM-based solutions have helped companies address the HCM challenges they were facing.

Also included is a vendor directory—organized into sections for recruitment, human resources (HR) management, talent management, learning management, time and attendance, and more—to assist companies looking for HCM solutions with a specific focus.

This guide serves as a useful tool for medium-to-large organizations looking to determine the HCM solution that best suits their business model and specific needs.



Table and Contents


Preface

2011 Human Capital Management (HCM) Buyer’s Guide

Product Comparison

Epicor Customer Success Story
An HRIS Right Out of the Box

Epicor Thought Leadership
Talent Management in the Coming Decade: How your HRIS Can Help

Exelsys Customer Success Story
HR & Benefits Case Study: Abacus

Meta4 Customer Success Story
The Zed Group Chooses Meta4 PeopleNet for Worldwide Human Capital Management

Bond Talent Customer Success Story
Human Capital Supply Chain has EasyJet Flying High

SETS Customer Success Story
Large Law Firm Chooses Unicorn HRO’s Icon System for their HR Needs


Vendor Directory


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State of the HCM Market


What is HCM?

HCM is still a relatively new term and is often used to refer to both a company’s processes and the technology behind those processes. From a process perspective, HCM encompasses the activities associated with acquiring, developing, managing, and retaining a company’s most valuable asset—its people. It covers a broad range of activities, including identifying and recruiting the best available talent (people) and partnering with managers to develop and motivate their employees to realize their full potential. The quality and performance of an organization’s workforce will differentiate successful organizations from the others in an intensely competitive market.

From a software perspective, HCM systems are solutions that encompass functionality for recruiting, learning, training and development, performance and compensation management, succession planning, and reporting and analytics. Unlike the traditional HR systems of the past, these solutions address the full spectrum of talent management (from hire to retire, and everything in between). HCM software includes modules for recruiting, onboarding, managing talent, tracking performance, and analyzing data—among other things. By consolidating these various modules, vendors are now developing suites of products that are often available at a considerably lower cost than stand-alone solutions.

As we’ve seen in recent years, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in human capital and talent management are changing the way vendors market their products. Many large software vendors cater to HR professionals seeking an integrated solution from a single vendor rather than different point solutions from a variety of vendors. More often than not, large vendors purchase smaller vendors, whose solutions provide the software functionality needed to “complete” the large vendors’ offerings. M&A are often seen as a means to maintain and strengthen the acquiring company’s position in the marketplace, as well as a relatively quick way for the company to expand into new markets while incorporating new technologies.


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Technology's Role in Strategic Human Resources


The human resources (HR) department can—and should—deliver contributions to the organization's bottom line. Through technologies and service providers, HR can move from being merely a cost center to being an essential component for achieving corporate objectives.

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Oracle E-Business Suite (12.1) for Human Resource Management Certification Report


Oracle E-Business Suite (12.1) is now TEC Certified for online comparison of human resource management (HRM) solutions in TEC's Evaluation Centers. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

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HR Software Review: UltiPro for HR


This human resources (HR) software review report examines the HR software by Ultimate Software and its support for HR processes against known benchmarks. It assesses UltiPro by Ultimate Software for HR functionality and reviews the product’s support capacity with a focus on:

  • Personnel Management
  • Benefits
  • Payroll
  • Training
  • Workforce Management

The report also contains an independent analyst’s review of the HR software based on a demonstration provided by Ultimate Software. The review identifies the features of UltiPro that distinguish it from other HR solutions, including its open platform employee profile data sharing system, its photo-based punch-in solution, and its performance management and development tools. UltiPro also provides HR support through its mobile accessibility and its extensive customer support for software implementation. In this review, the analyst outlines the software provider’s implementation process, support model, and target user base.

UltiPro achieved TEC certification status for its HR software solution by completing TEC’s certification program, which includes a demonstration of the HR software’s support for specific real-world business process and a detailed functional benchmarking analysis.

Based on a demonstration of UltiPro, a TEC analyst has assessed the HR software’s features, evaluating the software against known industry benchmarks, to determine that UltiPro is a strong HR system.

Download this software review report for product analysis and comparison, an in-depth analyst commentary, and to learn more about how UltiPro can help businesses achieve their HR objectives.

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Meridian Knowledge Solutions Meridian Global LMS 2011 for Learning Management Solutions Certification Report


The Meridian Knowledge Solutions product Meridian Global LMS 2011 is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of learning management solutions in the Human Capital Management Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator to help organizations with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

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